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Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for much of Oklahoma

by Bryan Painter Published: December 4, 2013

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. CST
Friday for Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Washita, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens,
Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Coal, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Atoka, Love, Marshall, Bryan counties.

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a winter storm
warning for accumulations of snow…sleet…and freezing rain…which
is in effect from 6 am Thursday to 6 pm CST Friday.

* Thursday…6 am to 6 pm: light freezing rain.

* Thursday night through Friday: Another round of heavier winter
  precipitation is expected.

* For areas along and southeast of a Holdenville…to Ada…to
  Ardmore and Wichita Falls, Texas…mainly freezing rain
  and some sleet.

* Main impact: Ice accumulations up to 1/2 inch may cause power
  outages and hazardous travel conditions…especially on bridges
  and overpasses.

* For areas north and west of Holdenville…to Ada…to Ardmore and Wichita Falls, Texas, including Lawton and
  Oklahoma City. Some light freezing rain will be possible with
  snow and sleet as the main precipitation.

* Main impact: snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with
  locally higher amounts possible. this will likely make travel
  conditions hazardous.

* Other impacts: very cold wind chills from near zero to the lower
  teens will be possible…especially friday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Avoid travel. be sure you can take care of yourself and your
family if you lose electrical power. monitor weather forecasts
and information.

And there is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m.
CST Friday for Grant, Kay, Garfield and Noble counties:

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow and sleet…which is in effect from 6
am Thursday to 6 pm cst Friday. The winter storm watch is no
longer in effect.

* Timing: There will be two rounds of winter weather…one on
  Thursday…and another from Thursday night into Friday.

* Main impact: Light snow and sleet with accumulations up to 2
  inches.

* Other impacts: Very cold wind chills near zero or a few degrees
  below.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Be careful if you have to travel. even small amounts of ice and
snow can make roads and sidewalks slick and dangerous.

From the National Weather Service, Tulsa Forecast Office:

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from noon Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday for Pushmataha, Choctaw and Le Flore counties.

Rain that develops Thursday morning will turn to freezing rain    or a mix of freezing rain and sleet as surface temperatures fall    below 32 degrees  Thursday afternoon. Mixed freezing rain and    sleet will continue much of Thursday night into Friday morning    before the precipitation eventually transitions to snow before    ending. 

Over one half inch of freezing rain will be possible in this    warning area along with significant sleet. Should the freezing    rain transition to sleet early…sleet amounts could exceed    two inches with freezing rain amounts of one quarter to one    half inch.

And, from the National Weather Service, Tulsa Forecast Office, there is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. CST Friday for Cherokee, Adair, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee,    Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Pawnee, Ottawa,     Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Pittsburg, Sequoyah,     McIntosh, Muskogee, Latimer and Haskell counties.

 Wintry precipitation will develop over eastern Oklahoma and    northwest Arkansas Thursday morning. There will likely be a    several hour break in measurable precipitation Thursday afternoon    and early Thursday evening. Another round of moderate to    heavy snow sleet and freezing rain will occur Thursday night    and Friday morning.

 Locations along and northwest of the Interstate 44 corridor    will likely see snow and sleet transitioning to all snow.    Far southeast Oklahoma and west central Arkansas will see    mostly freezing rain…before a transition to sleet Friday.

   Locations in east central Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas will    see all precipitation types…transitioning from a prolonged    period of freezing rain and sleet to just sleet and eventually snow.

 The counties in this warning can expect upwards of five inches    of snow…or…a couple inches of snow and an inch or two of sleet.

From the National Weather Service, Amarillo, Texas (coverage area includes the Oklahoma Panhandle), there is a Winter Weather Advisory for Cimarron and Texas from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Friday.  

The Winter Weather Advisory is for snow and dangerous wind chills.
Snow totals up to 3 inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible and wind chills of negative 10 are possible.

The National Weather Service, Amarillo, Texas has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Beaver County from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Friday.


by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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